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The Mandera Water and Sewerage Company Limited (MANDWASCO) is working round the clock to address water shortage in the county. Chairman Bare Ali Adan said the company is banking on the completion of Mandera Water
The Sh 1.4billion Water Project To Quench Mandera’s Thirst
The Mandera Water and Sewerage Company Limited (MANDWASCO) is working round the clock to address water shortage in the county. Chairman Bare Ali Adan said the company is banking on the completion of Mandera Water Supply Infrastructure Lot1 which aims to improve water production by 16,700 cubic metres per day to increase the supply of the vital commodity.
The Sh1.4 billion project is funded by the national government and the African Development Bank (AfDB). Under the Mandera Sewerage Infrastructure Lot2, MANDWASCO also aims to construct the first sewerage system in the county and treatment works with a capacity to treat 6,000 cubic metres of wastewater per day. The Sh1.1 billion sewerage plant is funded by the national government and AfDB.
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“These projects, when completed, will be critical in enabling MANDWASCO to increase its revenue base to sustain its operations and improve customer coverage,” the chairman said and thanked the National Government and AfDB for the projects.
MANDWASCO’s service area covers Mandera Town and its environs, estimated at 99.2 square kilometres. However, the County Government of Mandera granted MANDWASCO additional jurisdiction to cover the entire county on a progressive basis. This extends the service area to about 25,991 square kilometres. The population in the original area of jurisdiction is about 146,311 people.
Adequate water supply is one of Mandera Governor Ali Roba’s Big Nine Agenda. Currently, Mandera town suffers low water supply with MANDWASCO producing about 1,534 m3of water per day, which is far below the demand, estimated at 9,266 m3 per day. This means the firm’s water coverage is below 16.5 percent.
The border town has no sewerage system and is prone to drought of up to three months every year. Locals rely on River Daua, a trans-boundary stream that originates in Ethiopia and flows to Somalia to the East of Mandera.